Written by Roy Turse

Thursday, 23 April 2009

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Happy Dragon's Day!

The British Government has announced that in the interests of fairness and to comply with the essence of anti-discrimination legislation, April 24th will now be deemed to be Dragon's Day.

They are concerned that pressure to celebrate Saint George's Day on April 23rd in a more meaningful way has created an imbalance between the two famous combatants.

"Dragon's day will celebrate the role that the Dragon played in the legend," said Monty Bedwetter, Chair of the House of Commons All-Party National Holidays Committee. "We believe it is right to acknowledge both sides of the Saint George versus Dragon argument."

There were calls to the Catholic and Anglican Churches to petition for the canonisation of the Dragon in order to achieve parity with Saint George.

"In some ways the Dragon has a greater importance as he was the one who was martyred in the encounter," suggested the Bishop of Milton Keynes, "and we should consider canonisation so we can refer to the day as Saint Dragon's Day."

According to Monty Bedwetter there were some dissenters on the National Holidays Committee who eventually changed their minds and accepted the idea. "A few of the more nationalistic members originally thought Dragon's Day would detract from St George's Day. They realised, though, that the plans for dying the Thames dragon-green and serving dragon-green beer for the day could be fun."

"Ever since I first read the story of Saint George and the Dragon in the Bible I thought the Dragon's life should also be celebrated," said Mr Bedwetter.

"We think over time the Dragon will come to represent alternatives to Saint George," he suggested, "So whereas in addition to England, George is the Patron Saint of Farmers, Knights, Soldiers and Syphilis, the Dragon could be Patron for Satnav, Celebrities, Electronic Tagging and Condoms."

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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